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Preventing children going hungry in Plymouth this summer

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We are preventing children going hungry in Plymouth this summer with a new programme of activities provided from our retreat in Tywardreath, Cornwall.

Known as CHICKS Holiday Club, the activities are being provided in conjunction with Plymouth City Council as part of its Fit and Fed programme, specifically designed to ensure children eligible for free school meals in the city are provided with food and support during the summer holidays.

CHICKS Head of Respite Breaks, Richard Whitehouse, explained: “In 2018, reports showed that there was a 20% increase* in demand for food parcels in the UK during the summer.

“This figure is expected to increase even further in 2019, with more than 1 million children across the UK at risk of going hungry during the summer holidays.

“We’re therefore pleased to be working with Plymouth City Council, who received a grant from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Fund, to deliver this initiative.”

As part of the new Fit and Fed programme, CHICKS staff and a team of trained-volunteers are providing lunches and snacks for children, while promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and emboldening children with CHICKS outdoor games and adventures.

Richard said: “The CHICKS Holiday Club includes daily healthy eating activities, which sees the young people planning meals, selecting ingredients from our ‘store’ and preparing their own lunches, in line with recommendations from the ‘Food School Plan.

“In addition, there is a weekly schedule full of CHICKS famously engaging, physically active games and activities, based both outdoors and indoors to build the children’s confidence and create happy, memorable moments from this summer holiday.”

‘I love the food here, there is so much choice,’ said one of the children during CHICKS first Holiday Club week.

CHICKS is keen to thank the many volunteers, individuals and companies who have supported Fit and Fed to guarantee its launch this summer.

CHICKS Development Manager, Annie Ashford-Barden, said: “Our huge thanks go to Plymouth City Council, Roselyn Coaches and the generous individual supporters who have enabled CHICKS to introduce this new initiative at such a crucial time for children in Plymouth.

“Our thanks also extend to the many brilliant volunteers who have so generously donated their time this summer. We know the children they support will gain so much from their enthusiasm and experience and we are eternally grateful for their support.”

To find out more about CHICKS’ work and how you can get involved with us, give us a call on 01822 811020.

*Figures obtained from The Trussell Trust.

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